On November 11, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. the transit will be viewable from a live feed provided by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory inside the Vizlab on the VizWall. The VizWall is comprised of 24 HD displays tiled and connected to create a 50-million-pixel screen. At the same time, weather permitting, Dr. Scott Fischer will be providing a telescope to catch a quick glimpse of the Mercury transit.
From our perspective on Earth, it is only possible to see Mercury and Venus cross in front of, or transit, the Sun, so it’s a rare event you won’t want to miss!
The figure above shows the path of Mercury across the Sun’s disk and the scale gives the Universal Time of Mercury’s position at any instant during the transit.
During the transit, the planet Mercury is seen from Earth as a tiny black dot moving slowly across the sun. Observers of the transits must never look directly at the sun! PSC offers students and faculty a safe and interactive way to enjoy the transit of Mercury.